With a healthcare landscape that is ever-changing, hospitals and health systems need to keep an eye on the latest regulatory updates and emerging industry trends. Geared towards all organizations looking to remain informed on these areas, HBI’s Cost & Quality Academy recently released its annual thesis for 2018, which covers prominent healthcare trends and regulatory changes that are important to senior leaders.
Emerging Industry Trends
With increasing healthcare costs in the United States and the introduction of quality-based reimbursement models, the industry has shifted toward care strategies that are more cost effective and provide care for patients beyond the traditional clinical setting. As such, this year’s thesis explores the following trending topics:
- Approaches for shifting the focus to ambulatory care
- Efforts to build relationships with post-acute care providers
- Initiatives to keep healthy patients healthy
- Interventions to support rising risk patients
- Programs to manage chronically ill patients effectively
- Methods for improving health literacy
- Techniques for helping patients adopt beneficial behaviors
How Can We Help?
The 2018 thesis provides a number of strategies and resources for initiating interventions or programs that relate to these themes. For example, to promote ambulatory care, it describes how organizations can utilize telephone triage centers to direct lower acuity patients from the ED to outpatient clinics. For more information on this and the other topics above, see the 2018 thesis’s section on industry trends here.
Important Regulatory Updates
In addition to industry developments, providers need to be aware of key regulatory updates that took effect at the beginning of this year, especially those from CMS and The Joint Commission. The 2018 thesis highlights recent updates from these organizations, including:
- The increasing scope of MDRO preventions standards from TJC
- TJC‘s best clinical practices in preventing central line infections
- New pain management requirements from TJC
- CMS‘s updates to value-based care indicators
- Changes to MACRA that support physicians
How Can We Help?
The industry trends section of the 2018 thesis focuses on the effects of the new standards mentioned above. For instance, it explains how healthcare organizations accredited by TJC need to update their pain assessment and management standards in response to the national opioid crisis. For more information, the 2018 thesis’s section on regulatory changes can be found here.
You can dive deeper into these topics by checking out the 2018 thesis recently published by HBI’s Cost & Quality Academy. Not a member? Complete the form below to hear how you can gain unlimited access to HBI‘s resources!